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Libertarian Campaign Kick-Off Picnic!

Bring the whole family for the state-wide Libertarian Campaign Kick-Off Picnic at The War Memorial Park Pavilion on Sunday, September 9th from noon until … whenever! Libertarian-minded people from all across Arkansas will enjoy an afternoon of hamburgers, hotdogs, political speeches, a bounce house and tattoos for the kiddos, and lots more. Join us for fun and spirited political conversation!

Every election, we go to the voting booth and hope things will be different. THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT!!! 2012 will be an historic election because Arkansans will have the opportunity to vote for local Libertarian Candidates for the first time ever! This picnic will be a great chance to learn more about those candidates and meet other liberty-minded people from around the state.

We need you to help us make this event a huge success! Bring your whole family and invite your liberty-minded friends. Our BIG crowd will show Central Arkansas that the ideas of More Freedom and Less Government are VERY popular!

Before we can change the direction of our Nation, we must first change the direction of our local politics — here is where that change begins!

Put it on your calendar now:

What: Libertarian Campaign Kick-Off Picnic
Where: The War Memorial Park Pavilion in Little Rock
When: Sunday, September 9th — from noon until whenever
Why: To BE the change we want to see in Arkansas!

In Liberty,

Debbie Standiford
Chair, Pulaski County Libertarian Party
pulaskicounty@lpar.org

America's "wars"

Have you ever really stopped to think about all of the “Wars” America is fighting and the results of those “wars”?

Well let’s see there is the:

War on Poverty – Back in the 60′s the US government declared war on poverty, the results are as expected. We now have the highest percent (since 1994) of the US population at, or below, the poverty level. More US citizens are listed at, or below, the poverty level since the late 1950′s. (2009 figures)

War on Drugs – After 40 years, billions of dollars spent, local police forces militarized, hundreds of thousands jailed, untold numbers murdered/killed in the illicit trade, forfeiture laws that allow police to confiscate your property if they “think” it was purchased from proceeds from, or used in, the sale or manufacture of illicit drugs. All this and the current drug czar states the obvious, it is unsuccessful.

War on Terror – After the 9/11 attacks we declared war on “terror”. Since then about the only thing we’ve done is kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians, several thousand of our own soldiers, and almost obliterate the Bill of Rights in our own country. With laws like the misnamed “PATRIOT” Act in place there has never been a greater assault upon the liberties and freedoms in the history of this country. The success of this war is still undetermined, but taking into account the stunning track record the government has over the past 40 years, or so, and I think that this war will garner similar results as the other “wars” this country has fought in the same time period.

Taken in the singular any of these “wars” is a disaster. The destruction of liberties caused by any one of these examples of horrendous policy is bad enough. Taken together, in their totality, and the destruction is compounded and continuous. However, if you look at these policies from the “other side” they are so successful, so cunningly brilliant,  they will surely be repeated in the future. For not only are these policies eroding our freedoms and liberties, we are begging them to do it.

FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) are some of the governments most powerful weapons to use against the populace in order to confuse them into “submission”. We look to our government and it’s leaders to protect, not only our lives, but our way of life. FUD causes the populace to ask the government to increase its power and influence over our daily lives as long as we have even the faintest glimmer of hope that this new encroachments will protect “Us” from “Them”. By using the FUD factor they are able to speed up the process by enlisting the aid of the very people they intend to enslave.

As the character V said in the movie V for Vendetta:

“How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense.”

That is the very essence of FUD.